Old Montreal

No Trip To Montreal is complete without a visit to Old Montreal

Streets of Old Montreal at dusk
Streets of Old Montreal at dusk cc licensed photo by missbossy

Old Montreal is the once walled city, the mother city which is located in the borough of Ville Marie. This is where it all began for the city of Montreal back in 1642. The old city centre is steeped in history of interest for those native to Montreal as well as for tourists. You will really enjoy the charming Old European atmosphere as you stroll the streets of the historic neighbourhood.

The founder of Montreal was Sieur Maisonneuve after he, Jeanne Mance and their other companions landed. Back then they called the area Ville Marie. Now you can visit the very spot where they first landed. How will you find it? Look for the obelisk that was erected in 1893.

When walking down the streets of Old Montreal you can very easily see the architectural influences on the buildings from the different time periods. The oldest building in Montreal is the Old Sulpician Seminary. The seminary, which still stands, was built in 1685 and was home to the Sulpicians, responsible for building Montreal's first parish.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame is another example of architectural differences within the Old Montreal. This basilica was built in the style of Gothic revival, with its two towers and architectural detail this basilica is a glorious feast for the soul and for the eyes.

There is also the Old Port with its IMAX theatre where you can enjoy movie screening with a difference. The IMAX theatre offers a truly 3d experience. The screen is so large and the graphics so good that it truly feels as though you are in the centre of the movie.

When walking around the city not only will you see lots of historical landmarks but you will also find many museums, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops to stop and have a leisurely lunch or quick coffee before making your way to the next historical site.

A great way to explore this part of the city is with our step-by-step self guided walking tour of Old Montreal. If you'd prefer a fully guided tour, the following is a great option.

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Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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From: $29.50 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Soak in the rich history, culture and heritage of Montreal on this walking tour of Old Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica (admission fees included), Place Jacques-Cartier, City Hall and Champ de Mars, and learn about the city's amazing art and spectacular architecture from your guide, all while enjoying the quaint French charm. You can choose to tour the east side, west side or both the east and west sides of Old Montreal.

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Walk & Explore Old Montreal

From: $55.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

At the top of your Montreal bucket list should be a visit of Old Montreal, our enchanting heritage district which is best discovered on foot. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 8 people, ensuring that your Old Montreal experience will be up close, personal and intimate. Learn about the fascinating beginnings of the French colony that was founded in 1642 and all the historical highlights that contributed to making Montreal the unique and diverse city that it is today. Do you like architecture? Done. Art? Ditto. History, fun facts and anecdotes? Check, check and check. Food and culture? You'll hear about those too! Your guide will cover all the bases and will add their own personal insights to the spots that you will visit. They will point out their fave places along the way and will be sure that you leave with plenty of recommendations and suggestions for making your Montreal trip a memorable one! Come armed with your comfy walking shoes, camera, curiosity and questions!

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Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal)

Fee: No

Category: Local Flavor

Address: Montreal, QC H2X 1X6


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5 Star Rating Long... ... ago... ... he unpacked the last stack of rocks for the day, only one more stack until the day was over and he could go home to her. Just as he... Read More

Jeffrey S. Sep-15-2018

4 Star Rating Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal) is a beautiful part of the city. I love the cobblestone streets. You might even see some horse-drawn carriages around. The... Read More

Jennifer P. Jan-23-2019

4 Star Rating Good Old Montréal! We strolled up and down the cobblestone streets filled with so much history. The architecture is so beautiful. I wanted to do the... Read More

Brooke F. Oct-31-2018

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangeVictoria Square, Place-d'Armes or Champ-de-Mars2 + Minutes

How to get to Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal) by Metro

Old Montreal can be accessed by any of the 3 Metro stations above. Victoria Square is at the western edge, Place-d'Armes is closest to the central section and Champ-de-Mars is closest to the eastern edge. Walk south (towards the river) from any of the 3 stations to explore Old Montreal.

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